The 2017 New York Mets are broken. The franchise will never openly admit to raising the white flag on the season, of course, but the writing is on the wall: the Mets are no longer in contention for a third straight postseason bid.
Just do the math.
Headed into a four-game series this weekend in Atlanta, the team is 25-32 (12 games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League Eastern division). If the postseason started today, the Mets would fall a full nine games short of contention.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (37-25) and Los Angeles Dodgers (36-25) have the best records of all NL teams not in first place. If both teams played .500 the rest of the season, the Mets would have to win 63 of their final 105 games just to finish in a tie. Remember: That’s only possible if Arizona and Los Angeles played .500 the rest of the season.
It’s no one thing, or one player, that has failed the Mets, but a series of maladies and misfortunes. Over the first two months of the season the Mets have been hamstrung by injury (Syndergaard, Jeurys Familia, Yoenis Cespedes and David Wright), inconsistency (Curtis Granderson, Travis d’Arnaud, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey) and an overworked bullpen.
Syndergaard hasn’t pitched in over a month and confessed he “… still won’t be able to pick up a ball for quite some time.” Hypothetically, if he were to “pick up a ball” by the All-Star break Syndergaard would still have to pitch his way back into shape and, even then, he would have a strict pitch limit. And, where will the Mets be in the standings in 60 days? 90 days?
Wright? There is no chance he plays in a 2017 regular season game. The bigger, more relevant, question is: Will David Wright ever play Major League Baseball again? Wright was placed on the 60-day disabled list on April 17. So, the Mets will have to make another decision on him in the next two weeks.
Cespedes? Since the new gag order was placed on talking about injury updates, the only word on the Mets $100 million man is … soon. “We are getting close, and whether or not [rehab] games is the next step, we’ll find out in the next couple of days,” assistant general manager John Ricco said on Wednesday.
Familia had a blot clot removed from his shoulder three weeks ago. At the time, Mets GM Sandy Alderson offered little indication on when he might return saying, “It’s possible he’ll be back by the end of the year. It’s possible he won’t. We just don’t know.”
Hold on to your hope. Resist the truth. Pray for a miracle. We are Mets fans. I understand. I would expect nothing less from the greatest baseball fans. But, the truth is, the jig is up.